NHL Betting News and Notes Saturday, June 15

NHL Betting News and Notes Saturday, June 15

BOSTON (40-17-0-8, 88 pts.) at CHICAGO (49-11-0-6, 104 pts.) - 6/15/2013, 8:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
BOSTON is 31-36 ATS (-22.6 Units) on Saturday games over the last 3 seasons.
CHICAGO is 49-17 ATS (+27.2 Units) in all games this season.
CHICAGO is 49-17 ATS (+16.3 Units) second half of the season this season.
CHICAGO is 19-5 ATS (+10.1 Units) after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game this season.
CHICAGO is 336-344 ATS (-96.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1996.
CHICAGO is 10-0 ATS (+10.0 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
BOSTON is 26-14 ATS (+10.9 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
BOSTON is 2-1 (+1.2 Units) against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
BOSTON is 2-1-0 straight up against CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
2 of 3 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.5 Units)


BOSTON vs. CHICAGO
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston's last 10 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Boston is 4-7-2 SU in its last 13 games ,when playing on the road against Chicago   
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Chicago is 3-6-1 SU in its last 10 games ,when playing Boston


Boston at Chicago
Boston: 22-8 Under after scoring and allowing 3+ goals
Chicago: 11-1 SU off BB wins by 1 goal

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Bruins at Blackhawks: What Bettors Need to Know
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Boston Bruins at Chicago Blackhawks (-144, 5)

Blackhawks lead best-of-seven series 1-0.

After putting forth a thrilling triple-overtime classic in the opener of the Stanley Cup final, the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks will look to provide an encore in Game 2 on Saturday when the Original Six rivals reconvene at the United Center. Andrew Shaw scored 12:08 into the third extra session as Presidents' Trophy-winning Chicago overcame a pair of two-goal deficits to post a 4-3 triumph in the fifth-longest game in Stanley Cup final history. Shaw ended the wild affair after tallying on a double deflection - although the game was tied at 3-3 in the third period as the puck caromed off the skate of Boston defenseman Andrew Ference and into the net.

"It's those two tough bounces that went in and there's nothing you can do," said Boston's Patrice Bergeron, who was honored as the King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner on Friday. The award is presented to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice. The Bruins will need that leadership to rebound in Game 2 - unless they'll head back to Beantown in an 0-2 deficit in a Stanley Cup for the second time in three years.

ABOUT THE BRUINS: Top-line wing Nathan Horton participated in practice on Friday and is a game-time decision for Saturday's tilt. "He's day-to-day and that's where he is," Boston coach Claude Julien said of Horton, who sustained an unspecified upper-body injury after an exchange with Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson during the first overtime in Game 1. "That's why he practiced (Friday) and we'll have to make a decision on Nate (Saturday). But it was encouraging to see him out there today, and if he feels good, he's in the lineup." Should Horton missed the contest, Tyler Seguin would likely move to the top line - as he did during the latter stages of Game 1.

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS: Jonathan Toews was named as the Frank J. Selke Award winner, which goes to the league's best defensive forward. The Chicago captain claimed the award over finalists Bergeron and Detroit superstar Pavel Datsyuk. "To be able to go head to head with guys like that in the playoffs, and to know them from the past, you understand how much they mean to their teams and how much they contribute offensively and defensively," Toews said. Toews registered a stunning plus-28 rating in the regular season, but has mustered just one goal and set up eight others in the playoffs.

TRENDS:

* Over is 5-0 in Blackhawks’ last five Stanley Cup Finals games.
* Blackhawks are 12-3 in their last 15 Saturday games.
* Bruins are 5-1 in their last six overall.

OVERTIME

1. Boston's top line of David Krejci (NHL-leading nine goals, 14 assists), Horton (seven goals, 11 assists) and Milan Lucic (five goals, 11 assists) has combined for 21 goals and 36 assists in the postseason. Lucic tallied twice in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final.

2. Blackhawks G Corey Crawford and Bruins G Tuukka Rask set career highs with 51 and 59 saves, respectively, in Game 1.

3. Boston yielded more goals on Wednesday versus Chicago (four) than it did in the entire Eastern Conference final against Pittsburgh (two).

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Game 2 - Bruins at Blackhawks
By Sportsbook.ag

BOSTON BRUINS at CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

After a triple-overtime loss to start the series, the Bruins will try to even up the Stanley Cup Finals with the Blackhawks on Saturday night. They could be short-handed though, as star C Nathan Horton's status for Game 2 is uncertain because of an upper body injury.

Chicago's Andrew Shaw was the hero in Game 1, as it was his knee that deflected the puck in the back of Boston's net at 12:08 of the third overtime period. This was the Blackhawks' third unanswered goal to finally end a game that the Bruins led 3-1 with 12 minutes left in regulation. Although Chicago outshot Boston 63-54, several other statistics were nearly even. Both clubs had three power-play opportunities, the Blackhawks had only two more hits (61-59), and the Bruins won just two more faceoffs (58-56).

The loss snapped Boston's five-game win streak, but the B's are still 9-2 in their past 11 games. Chicago is now 8-1 in its past nine games overall, and 10-1 at home in the playoffs. The Blackhawks are also 21-4 when coming off a one-goal win this season, while the Bruins are 0-6 on the road after a one-goal loss. However, Chicago has to be the more tired team having just played two straight multi-overtime games, and the B's will be eager for redemption after relinquishing a pair of two-goal leads, a rare mistake for such a strong defensive team.

Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask (12-5, 1.78 GAA, .942 Sv Pct. in playoffs) turned away 59 of the 63 shots he faced on Wednesday (.937 Sv Pct), but it wasn't enough to prevent his team from dropping to a 5-3 playoff record on the road.

LW Milan Lucic (5 G, 11 A, +14 rating in playoffs) was the offensive star for Boston with two goals and an assist, while C David Krejci had two assists to increase his NHL playoff-high points to 23 (9 G, 14 A). Krejci's +15 rating in the postseason ranks second behind teammate RW Nathan Horton (+22 rating), who logged just 22:28 in Game 1 before getting injured. Horton's potential absence would definitely be felt, considering he has seven goals (T-4th in league) and 18 points (2nd in NHL) in the 2013 playoffs. Other standouts for the Bruins in Game 1 included C Patrice Bergeron (6 G, 6 A, +4 rating in playoffs), who scored a power-play goal, blocked five shots and won 66% of his faceoffs (27-of-41).

D Dennis Seidenberg blocked a game-high nine shots and delivered seven hits during his team-high 48:36 of ice time, while D Andrew Ference led the game with 10 hits, and added eight blocks during his eye-popping 56 shifts (45:19 ice time).

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (13-5, 1.73 GAA, .936 Sv Pct. in playoffs) had a memorable Stanley Cup Finals debut, saving 51-of-54 shots (.944 Sv Pct) in Game 1, including all 29 shots he saw after regulation. His blue-liners really helped, especially D Duncan Keith (game-high 48:40 ice time) and D Johnny Oduya (team-best seven blocked shots, game-tying goal in third period).

Offensively, it wasn't the usual suspects that got the team in the win column. RW Marian Hossa (7 G, 8 A, +8 rating in playoffs), C Patrick Sharp (8 G, 6 A, +3 rating in playoffs) and RW Patrick Kane (6 G, 8 A, +3 rating in playoffs) were all tied for the team lead with 14 points during these playoffs entering Game 1. But Hossa was the only one in the trio to record a point on Wednesday, assisting on Brandon Saad's second-period goal that cut Boston's lead to 2-1.

C Andrew Shaw not only tallied the game-winner, but he also assisted on Dave Bolland's third-period tally. Bolland joined Shaw as the only Blackhawks with multiple points when his deflection of Michal Rozsival's shot hit Shaw's knee for the game-winner. Shaw and LWs Bryan Bickell and Brandon Bolling each had a team-high-tying nine hits in Game 1.

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2013 NHL Playoffs

Tough for Bruins to bounce back after loss in 112:08-long Game 1, after Boston led 3-1 at the 13:00 mark; Chicago outshot Bruins 31-14 in periods 2-3, then Boston had 29-24 edge in OT shots. Boston won nine of last 11 games overall (3-2 in OT games) since rallying from down 4-1 at 11:00 mark in Game 7 of 1st round vs Toronto. Chicago won eight of last nine games since being down 3-1 in Detroit series. Each team had only six minutes in penalty box in Game 1. Four of last six Boston games stayed under total; over is 5-3-3 in Chicago home games. Blackhawks are 10-1 at home in playoff games, with four OT wins; they've allowed three or less goals in last 11 games. Bruins are 5-3 on road in playoffs; they allowed six goals in last six games overall. Injured Horton gametime decision for B's.

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